Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will remain active Sunday despite an ulnar collateral ligament injury and is believed to start against the Minnesota Vikings, sources told ESPN on Saturday. .
Bills officials, however, have been tight-lipped all week, refusing to say who’s starting and wanting to keep it under wraps until Sunday’s 11:30 a.m. ET release of the NFL’s active/inactive roster. Bills officials have spent the past week relying on and listening to their doctors and other arm specialists and reassuring the team that if Allen plays Sunday against the Vikings, he won’t have any problems, sources said. Increased risk of worsening injury.
With that in mind, sources said Allen was thought to start Sunday, but the team declined to confirm any final decision, insisting they were looking at it “minute by minute” and didn’t want to give the Vikings any chances. Competitive advantage when it comes to naming a starting quarterback.
Allen was limited during Friday’s practice when he wore a practice jersey with no sleeve on his right arm. If he starts, he will have only one day of practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday.
“We’re watching him go through the day pretty much moment by moment,” coach Sean McDermott said Friday. “If he’s going through these different tests medically, making sure he’s able to step through the boxes, See if we can get through the course of the day here.”
Allen is dealing with an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and related nerves in his right elbow, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen earlier this week. It happened on the final pitch of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. He hasn’t missed a game since 2018, when he missed four games with a right elbow injury at UCL.
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg contributed to this report.